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Topic of the Week - Centigors
This is the start of a new series, that will hopefully bring new ideas and tactics to the forums. Each week, a new topic will be posted up about a different unit in the army book. This gives you your chance to discuss the unit to its fullest. So, please leave your comment!
This week's topic is - Centigors
How useful are they? Does the unit pull its weight? Are the upgrades worth the extra points? Is Ghorros Warhoof worth the points? Do you have any useful tactics for them?
Centigors are my babies!
They're beutiful models and I love to use them. I currently have 20 Centigor, usually in two units of ten fully upgraded. I'm going to convert a third unit of Centigorides (She-Centigor?) using Glade Riders, Daemonettes, Ungor arms and enough greenstuff to make a small building.
Fantasy: Wood Elves, Dark Elves, Beastmen and Tomb Kings.
LotR: Misty Mountains and Rohan
They are certainly effective.
In previous editions, when Chaos could mix-and-match with Beasts/Warriors/Demons, I saw a lot of centigors in armies to fill a sort of fast cav that could also fight vs my Skaven. If the chaos players knew they were facing them I usually saw Centigors or DragonOgres instead of Chaos Knights, with the points being saved for either bloodletters or chaos warrior infantry. As a result there were plenty of times where Centigors got to my flank or my rear just as I was hitting a Chaos Warrior unit head on and it never worked out too well for me.
Sadly, I can't speak too much from experience yet. I'm still building my beastman army.
However from the games I've watched and the theory that I'm working on ( and praying is right) is that these units will be fantastic.
Chariots are great, but they can't do it all. They're cheap, hard hitting but have some drawbacks. It seems to me that Centigors address many of the shortcomings. With Ghorrohs, they can become core units, making them far more versatile in one's army.
They're a big part of my 'blitz' army that features chariots, centigors, minotaurs and 1 for 1 ungors/ gors for ambushing.
My main complaint is that the modles are quite pricey (not the cost of blood knights...) to fill out an army. I've started alot of conversions using empire horses, elf chariot horses, legs of blodthirsters (for the claws) and bodies of gors and Bestigors. If you're curious I'll start posting as soon as the process begins on the fledgling modeling blog that I have listed in sig.
back on topic, Ghorros helps even in death. I'm not sure how helpful that +1 is, but he's fairly low cost.
I'm very excited to use him and centigors in my army. I very much doubt that I'd use many centigors w/o him in a beastman army.
Even if in 7th they cost you a special slot, centigors fill a long-range charge roll and are relatively reliable. Two rerollable str5 attacks per model is nothing to sneeze at.